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Does Social Security Award Disability Benefits for Lymphoma?

Lymphoma cancer is cancer of the lymphatic system caused by a carcinogenic tumor. Comprised of a network of organs and tissues that eliminate toxins from the body, the lymphatic system is vital to supporting systemic health. The spleen, adenoids, thymus, tonsils and lymphatic vessels are part of the lymphatic system. Two types of lymphoma are generally diagnosed: non-Hodgkin’s disease and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects older individuals while Hodgkin’s disease is more commonly seen in people under 40. Treatment for lymphoma includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and biological therapies (Interferon).

Both Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

What are the Criteria to be Approved for Lymphoma Disability?

Automatic approval by the SSA for lymphoma is based on the following:

  • Applicants must prove they have diffuse large B-cell or aggressive lymphoma that does not respond to radiation or chemotherapy
  • Or, applicants must prove they have been diagnosed with follicular small-cleaved cell, mycosis fungoides or indolent lymphoma that fails to respond to one year of treatment with radiation or chemotherapy

When lymphoma requires a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, disability benefits for lymphoma cancer will also be automatically approved.

Approval for lymphoma disability based on a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease means applicants must have lymphoma that does not go in a full remission or returns in one year following treatment with radiation or chemo therapy.

What If an Applicant’s Lymphoma Doesn’t Meet Social Security Listing Requirements?

In some cases, a person’s lymphoma may not meet requirements for approval from the SSA. When this happens, the SSA creates an assessment of an applicant’s residual functional capacity (ability to perform previous job tasks). If they find an applicant cannot perform other types of similar work, they may approve the individual for lymphoma disability benefits.

Before applying for Social Security disability, always consult with an experienced disability lawyer who can help increase your chances of getting approved the first time you apply. Call London Disability today to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable disability representative.

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